Enter Our Migraine Poetry Contest - One Week Left

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • Reminder: Entries for our Migraine poetry contest close on March 31, 2010. You still have one week to enter.

    It's that time of year again, time for our 2010 Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest .

    Whether you're an experienced poet or have never written a poem before, you're invited to submit up to three poems for our contest. One year, the person who write the poem that won first place had never written a poem before! All entries must be about Migraines or headaches and must be poetry, not prose.

    The contest will be judged by the National Headache Foundation , and winners announced in April in observance of National Poetry Month.

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    I can't enter the contest, but I'll share a poem I wrote here, one of my favorites...

    phantom tango

    the beat is faint, the dance slow

         so slow I’m not sure we’re dancing

    my partner is but a shadow

         waiting to become more than a phantom

    the disco ball that so blithely

         cast shards of light upon my eyes

    forecast my partner’s arrival

         yet I had dared hope he would not follow

    but the beat strengthens

         and the dance intensifies

    the steps we’ve danced before

         are too familiar and unmitigatedly unwelcome 

    we turn and dip, this direction then that

         an intimate tango

    with each dip, my stomach rebels

         the dips so deep my head ricochets off the floor

    he shows no pity

         but dances the dance his sadistic way

    and when I am beyond spent, he departs

         without so much as a bow at the end

    Migraine is a merciless partner

         a relentless partner

    a murderess I would gladly become

         if only I could slay him

    If you're interested, you can read poetry from previous contests .

    Want to know more? Ready to enter? Proceed to the rules and entry form for this year's contest.


    We're pleased that the National Headache Foundation is partnering with us for our contest and will be juding the entries.

    Good luck ,

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    Last updated March 24, 2010
Published On: March 24, 2010